|Gay Sex before Zippers - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
Keywords: Presidio; Gay Sex; Harry Hay
Downloads: 89,729 (10 reviews)
|San Francisco celebrates VE Day 1918|
Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
Keywords: WWI; San Francisco; 1918
Downloads: 19,315 (5 reviews)
|Thomas Fleming on 1966 Hunter's Point Riot - Chris Carlsson|
Former editor of San Francisco Sun Reporter, Thomas Fleming, gives his account of the 1966 Hunter's Point Riot, which led to three days of martial law in some neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Keywords: Thomas Fleming; 1966 Hunter's Point riot; Black San Francisco
|Geneva Towers Implosion - Caitlin Manning|
The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Keywords: public housing; Geneva Towers; implosion
scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
Keywords: Japanese Internment; WWII; war crimes
Downloads: 6,720 (2 reviews)
|The Farm - Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanaugh|
An excerpt from a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal and performance space, theater and punk rock...
Keywords: Farm; San Francisco; 1970s
Downloads: 12,745 (9 reviews)
|Critical Mass police attack - Biker-X|
footage of the chaotic July 1997 ride in which Mayor Brown unleashed the police to attack bicyclists.
Keywords: bicycles; Critical Mass; police riot
Downloads: 6,328 (1 review)
|Harvey Milk's Last Words|
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
Keywords: Harvey Milk; last words; Gay
Downloads: 24,262 (2 reviews)
|We Won't Go Back - Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue|
excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
Keywords: abortion; women; Operation Rescue
Downloads: 6,256 (1 review)
|Pie Fight 1969 - Christian Bruno and Sam Green|
The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
Keywords: Film Festival; 1969; Pie Fight
Downloads: 8,956 (3 reviews)
|Panama-Pacific International Exposition|
panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
Keywords: PPIE; World's Fairs; Marina District
Downloads: 3,551 (1 review)
|SF Anti-Iraq War demo Jan. 18, 2003 - Chris Carlsson|
Huge anti-Iraq War demonstrations rocked U.S. cities in autumn 2002 and winter 2003. This shows the January 18, 2003 demonstration in San Francisco.
Keywords: Anti-Iraq war; San Francisco; protest
|Key Trains on Bay Bridge|
brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
Keywords: Key System; Ferry Building; Bay trains
Downloads: 4,990 (1 review)
|Squatter Punx Rock the Vats - Glenn Bachmann|
The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
Keywords: Punk; Vats; Brewery
Downloads: 7,972 (2 reviews)
|Summer of Love by Diamond Dave Whitaker - Chris Carlsson|
A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Keywords: Summer of Love; Diamond Dave Whitaker; spoken word
|Recycling in San Francisco - Chris Carlsson|
Ed Dunne, longtime member of the Haight Ashbury Recycling Center, describes how he got involved, how the center works, and what some of the problems are of solid waste disposal.
Keywords: recycling; HANC; Ed Dunne
|Redevelopment and ILWU - California Newsreel|
excerpted from a one-hour documentary called "Redevelopment: A Marxist Analysis", this clip shows the frustration of the retired longshoremen in the Yerba Buena project area when ILWU president Harry Bridges failed to support their struggle against displacement.
Keywords: Redevelopment; ILWU; Harry Bridges
Downloads: 1,556 (2 reviews)
|Seal Rock Pacific Ocean - Chris Carlsson|
Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
Keywords: Seal Rock; Pacific Ocean; Cliff House view
Downloads: 5,245 (1 review)
|White Night Riot|
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
Keywords: riot; White Night; Harvey Milk
Downloads: 21,091 (1 review)
|Campfire: Lauren Swiger - Adriana Camarena|
Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn the loss of daily living in a community that they toiled to create with other parents and kids to challenge the stereotypes of oppression r...
Keywords: Campfire; Eviction; Ellis Act; Mission District; Adriana Camarena; Lauren Swiger; CalHumanities; Kenneth Rainin Foundation
|The Farm (documentary) - Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz|
A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Keywords: The Farm; Jack Wickert; Bonnie Ora Sherk; urban farming; urban gardening; circus; children; performance; Frisco Bay Mussel Group; Planet Drum
|Good Vibrations - Caitlin Manning|
short excerpt from documentary "Stripped Bare" highlighting the sex-positive retail operation Good Vibrations, a long-time resident on Valencia Street in the Mission.
Keywords: Good Vibrations; sex-positive; vibrators
|John Knox On Noe Valley 1970s - Shaping San Francisco|
John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Keywords: Noe Valley; neighborhood association; community organizing; solar homes; 1970s solar energy; beautification
|End of the World's Fair - Chris Carlsson|
images from the End of the World's Fair, held May 12, 1984, marching up Market Street and ending at Dolores Park.
Keywords: End of the World's Fair; San Francisco; 1984
West Portal tunnel under construction, Portola Drive cutting through empty surrounding hillsides.
Keywords: West Portal; Portola Drive; Sutro Forest
Downloads: 3,905 (2 reviews)
Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
Keywords: mud people; financial district; anarchy
Downloads: 8,834 (5 reviews)
|Tom Fleming on Mayor Lapham and Blacks in SF - Chris Carlsson|
Thomas Fleming, former editor of SF Sun Reporter, tells how then Mayor Roger Lapham wondered in a 1946 press conference when the thousands of African-Americans who had come to work in SF during WWII would return to the South. Fleming sets him straight.
Keywords: Fleming; African-Americans in SF; Mayor Lapham
|They Back-Doored Us|
It depicts the Art Attack staged on Friday, June 18, 1999 called "Wall Street West is All Tied Up!" which happened on Montgomery Street between California and Pine Streets at apx. 12:25 p.m.
Downloads: 2,102 (1 review)
|Crowds at Ocean Beach|
Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
Keywords: Ocean Beach; Cliff House; 1900
Downloads: 7,982 (1 review)
|Sandinistas in SF - Mary Ellen Churchill|
Alejandro Murguia, who fought in the 1978 Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, describes the role San Francisco played in the uprising.
Keywords: Sandinistas; Nicaragua; Bernal Heights
Downloads: 3,004 (1 review)
|Lands End train ride|
Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
Keywords: Golden Gate; Lands End; railroad
Downloads: 6,355 (1 review)
|Ecology Emerges: Alvin Duskin - Shaping San Francisco|
An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Alvin Duskin was a hero in San Francisco's anti-highrise movement of the early 1970s, helped direct and finance the anti-nuclear movement in the mid-1970s, became a wind entrepreneur by the end of the decade. He tells about his relationships with Jerry Mander, Saul Alinsky, Saul Landau, and many others in this fascinati...
Keywords: Anti-highrise; anti-nuclear; anti-nuke; Alcatraz; wind power; Saul Alinsky
|Queen Isabella Pageant protest - Paper Tiger TV West|
A protest against the silence surrounding the original genocide in North America staged at a "Queen Isabella" pageant.
Keywords: Pageant; protest; Quincentennial
Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
Keywords: Earthquake; Fire; 1906
Downloads: 14,500 (5 reviews)
|1906 Burn map|
animated map showing the three days of the Great San Francisco fire of 1906 that followed the earthquake.
Keywords: 1906 fire; animation; Big One
|Digger Poem - Chris Carlsson|
"Diamond Dave" Whitaker recites his Digger poem
Keywords: Diamond Dave Whitaker; Diggers; counterculture
Downloads: 2,748 (1 review)
|John Muir on Hetch Hetchy - Shaping San Francisco|
Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
Keywords: John Muir; Hetch Hetchy; San Francisco water system
|Preparedness Day cartoon|
Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
Keywords: Tom Mooney; Preparedness Day; bomb
Downloads: 6,596 (3 reviews)
Silent footage of picketers marching through the streets and attacking a scab-driven streetcar at Haight and Buchanan during violent 1917 streetcar strike.
Keywords: Streetcar strike; URR; 1917
Downloads: 6,243 (1 review)
|Arrests at HUAC in City Hall|
scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
Keywords: HUAC; protests; City Hall
Downloads: 7,580 (2 reviews)
|Shaping San Francisco opening - Jim Swanson|
Using the well-worn image of Yerba Buena cove in 1847, this animation dramatizes the rapidity with which it filled up after the Gold Rush, with a voiceover introducing Shaping San Francisco's 1st CD release.
Keywords: San Francisco; Yerba Buena Cove; 1847
|Mandel at HUAC 1960 - n/a|
excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Keywords: William Mandel; HUAC 1960; San Francisco City Hall
|First Female to swim Golden Gate|
Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
Keywords: First swim; Golden Gate; Hazel Lagenour
Downloads: 3,571 (1 review)
|Tom Mooney in San Quentin - Mooney Defense|
Tom Mooney, filmed by his defense team in San Quentin, appeals for a new trial or a death sentence, rather than the endless years in jail... he had already been in jail for 16 years. Excerpt from "The Strange Case of Tom Mooney".
Keywords: Tom Mooney; San Quentin; Preparedness Day
Downloads: 1,934 (1 review)
|APEN Francis Calpotura - Shaping San Francisco|
Francis Calpotura describes the importance of an identity-based organization, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in organizing communities around environmental justice concerns.
Keywords: environmental justice; Asian Pacific Environmental Network; APEN; Asian American; identity politics
Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
Keywords: Fatty Arbuckle; PPIE; 1915
Downloads: 5,837 (2 reviews)
|Campfire: Eviction Stories from the Mission District - Adriana Camarena|
Three residents of the Mission District of San Francisco: Polo Gonzalez, Sarah Brendt, and Rio Yañez share their stories of eviction. They are lifelong San Franciscans, respectively, a cafe manager, a public school teacher, and an artist. In their narratives they also represent their elders: Ana Gutierrez (Polo’s senior mom), Mary Phillips (Sarah’s 98 year old neighbor), and Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez (Rio’s parents and legendary Mission artists)...
Keywords: Campfire; Eviction; Ellis Act; Mission District; Adriana Camarena; Rio Yanez; Sarah Brendt; Yolanda Lopez; Rene Yanez; CalHumanities; Kenneth Rainin Foundation; Unsettlers
|Gulf War protests - Paper Tiger TV West|
scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
Keywords: Gulf War I991; civic center; anti-war protests
Downloads: 4,781 (1 review)
|Carnival in San Francisco - Chris Carlsson|
footage of 1994 Carnival in SF proceeding on 24th Street.
Keywords: Carnival; Mission; Music
|Feast Day Procession Potrero Hill|
footage of Catholic Feast Day parade on Potrero Hill, April 25, 1937.
Keywords: Potrero Hill; Parade; Feast Day
Downloads: 3,216 (2 reviews)